Statement by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines: AmCham Philippines Condemns Brutal Murder of Businessman John Ridsdel

Manila – April 26, 2016.  The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines condemns the brutal murder of Canadian national Mr. John Ridsdel on April 25 in the Sulu islands, where he was being held hostage for a large ransom since being kidnapped on Samal Island last September 21.
AmCham extends its deepest condolences to the Ridsdel family, friends, and others close to this remarkable man.
John Ridsdel was well-known to the American business community in Manila, where he was based for many years. He was a strong believer in the development of the Philippines, to which he contributed as the senior executive of a mining company known for its highly-responsible practices. He regularly addressed foreign chamber business fora and advised Arangkada Philippines on responsible mining policies.

John Ridsdel had decided to retire in the Philippines. He made many friends among many nationalities and loved to sail among the islands from his base at Puerto Galera. It was when he responded from his boat moored on Samal Island to a call for help from a neighboring boat that he was seized.
His friends call on the Philippine Government to bring his murderers to justice and to implement policies that will bring improved security and peace and development to long-troubled areas where lawless elements operate.